Howard Magazine - Page 33 - 8 Historic Homes You Can Visit (4)

Howard Magazine
- Page 33
8 Historic Homes You Can Visit (4)

del County. A log and stone home and a second log home were the only homes on the property at that time. In 1811, Charles Sterrett Ridgely, who was the speaker of Maryland’s House of Delegates, constructed Oakland as a country home. The home was built in a Federal style and later became a blend of the Federal, Greek revival, and Colonial revival. The 13,000-square-foot house at one point was a “fat farm” that attracted the likes of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and Lucille Ball, according to Jeryl Baker, executive director of the Town Center Community Association, which operates out of the home.


The 3.8-acre property was purchased by the Columbia Association in 1989 and is now used for community meetings, weddings and special events. Its gardens reflect plantings similar to when it was first built. And the park-like landscaping features southern magnolia, boxwood, and rhododendron.


The building will host a number of events where the public has an opportunity to enter, including a free Juneteenth celebration on June 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; an Instant Pot cooking class on June 12 at 6:30 p.m. for $45; and Bark In the Park, a free dog-centric event event on July 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. 410- 730-4801.


Mt. Pleasant farmhouse


The Mt. Pleasant farmhouse was donated for preservation to the Howard County Conservancy by Ruth and Frances Brown, retired Howard County schoolteachers whose family owned the property for eight generations dating back to a log cabin built in 1693. In 1993, the 2,916-square-foot farmhouse and property became its current iteration — a space for educational programs and special events. The surrounding 232-acre farm is open to the public from dusk to dawn for hiking, exploring their nature center, and visiting the John L. Clark Honors Garden. Each year, 18,000 students come to the property for field trips, according to Meg Boyd, executive director for the conservancy.


Boyd describes the structure as a “classic farmhouse” that has gone through four additions throughout the centuries. On July 13 and Aug. 27 (both from 10 a.m. to noon), the conservancy will join the Howard County Historical Society for a history scavenger hunt, in which the farmhouse will be open. A viewing window on the western side of the house, which was added two years ago, allows visitors a glimpse of the original log cabin.


10524 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. 410-465-8877.